The journey of Pakistani politics started that suffered from many back to back injuries caused by continuous dictator regimes with different intervals. Pakistani state as a whole faced many hurdles and impediments in the formation of a true welfare society, so the same hindrance was also faced by the women in playing their role with steadfastness for the state’s development. Apart from this, Pakistani political history sparkles with the services of many notable woman politicians who worked for the constitutional improvement in the country. Following is a list of Top 10 female leaders of Pakistan.
Fatima Ali Jinnah
Fatima Jinnah was the sister of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and was a dental surgeon by profession used to assist Jinnah with her acumen and judgmental intuition during the freedom movement. Even after this, during the dictatorship of Field Marshal Ayyub Khan, when she decided to contest the Presidential elections in 1965, she was followed by a majority including a significant number of women. Although she was defeated by the results which were the outcomes of the Military rigging, it laid the foundation for a Pakistani woman to contest the highest political office in the country. As she obtained the popular vote, it also showed that the people of Pakistan were not biased for electing a woman as the head of their government.
Benazir Bhutto appeared as the strongest and the most popular leader of her times. She was massively welcomed by the general public of Pakistan. She became the first and the youngest prime minister of any Muslim country in the world and she held the office of the head of the state twice during 1990’s. Her energetic leadership and stunning brilliance impressed many women who later came forward and proved their worth in the political scenario. She was killed in 2007 during a political campaign.
Doctor Fehmida Mirza is Pakistani politician and member of National Assembly of Pakistan She served as speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.
She was elected first female Speaker of Pakistan. She was also the first female parliamentary speaker in the Muslim world.
Begum Rana Liaquat Khan
Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan was a strong lady. She worked for hand in hand with her husband for the Pakistan movement and later served the country in various important offices, including as ambassador to various countries, as a minister and even as the Governor of Sindh. It is needless to mention that she achieved a lot of “firsts” for Pakistani women.
Hina Rabbani Khar
Hina Rabbani Khar is a Pakistani Politician and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. She was the first female foreign minister of Pakistan. She was a youngest foreign minister of Pakistan.
She was born on 8 September 1952 and is a skilled Pakistani politician. She is one of the central figures of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Kasuri presided over the women’s wing of PTI until 20 March 2013.
Naheed Khan was the secretary of Benazir Bhutto. She was very close to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
She was a member of National assembly of Pakistan on reserved seats for a woman from 2002 to 2007.
She is married to Senator Safdar Abbassi.
8. Sherry Rehman
Sherry Rehman is the former Pakistani ambassador to the USA. She is a politician human right activist and journalist from Pakistan. Sherry Rehman is the Member of National Assembly of Pakistan People Party on reserved seats for women. She was sworn in as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting on March 31, 2008, and resigned from office on March 14, 2009. She also served as a Member of MNA from 2002 to 2007.
9. Kashmala Tariq
Ms. Kashmala Tariq’s political career did start in her student life, but she joined mainstream politics when she was in the UK and became Chief Organizer of PTI. However, her affiliations with Imran Khan could not last long. On her return to Pakistan, she joined PML (Q).
bold, beautiful and brilliant Kashmala Tariq is leading women rights activist and famous for her strong and forceful stances against feudal attitudes in this patriarchal society.
10. Maryam Nawaz Sharif
This gorgeous lady is the daughter of former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the former first lady of Pakistan, Kalsom Nawaz. She is active in national politics and is a political central figure in the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).